PUNTA MITA, Mexico (September 10, 2012) "“ The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, located within Mexico's most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit, is pleased to announce its third annual Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, taking place April 11-14, 2013. During this unprecedented four-day extravaganza, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort will once again be transformed into a culinary and golf mecca as esteemed chefs, winemakers and epicurean personalities congregate to showcase their exceptional talents while guests compete on the property's prestigious Jack Nicklaus golf courses. To kick off this lavish event of culture and sport, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort invites guests to take advantage of its early bird pricing, available for booking now through November 1, 2012.

"It is an honor to bring the Gourmet & Golf Classic into its third year," said Carl Emberson, general manager of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and creator of this event. "The experience we have created here at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, by bringing together some of the most accomplished and recognized names in the industry at this picturesque location, affords our guests the opportunity to partake in this once in a lifetime vacation designed to stimulate all senses."

Building on the success of years past, the Gourmet & Golf Classic is quickly becoming an iconic tradition in the gastronomic and golf world. Last year's festivities included gourmet meals and cooking courses taught by renowned chefs and restaurateurs from around the globe, wine and tequila tastings by famed sommeliers, tequila masters and winemakers, elegant galas and other celebrations on property, sunset sailing adventures and The Punta Mita Cup, a two-day golf tournament on Jack Nicklaus' two signature courses Bahia and Pacifico.

For the upcoming Gourmet & Golf Classic, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort welcomes an impressive roster of talent. Confirmed participants for 2013 include celebrity chef and restaurateur Todd English; acclaimed chef and restaurateur Lula Martin del Campo, who is currently executive chef of HSBC Mexico; famed Argentinean chef Fernando Trocca; celebrated chef Enrique Olvera of Pujol in Mexico City; famed chocolatier and owner of Garrison's Confections, Andrew Shotts; Tsuyoshi Murakami, chef and co-owner of the Kinoshita restaurant in San Paulo, Brazil; Thierry Blouet, chef and owner of Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Abraham Salum, chef and owner of Salum restaurant in Dallas, Texas; notable sommelier and wine expert, Charlie Arturaola; and Laura Catena, fourth generation Argentinean vintner. With many prominent chefs and wine specialists still to join the culinary collaboration, the III Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic creates an elegant synergy by bringing together the best of the food and wine worlds, sure to set the standard for even the world's most discerning palates.

When guests book the early bird package from now until November 1, 2012, their reservations include three nights' accommodations at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, complimentary room upgrade, daily breakfast, lunch and dinners prepared by the weekend's participating guest chefs, wine and tequila tastings, event giveaways, a farewell brunch, and participation in the Punta Mita Cup golf tournament played on the signature Jack Nicklaus golf courses. Rates begin at $1,390 per person, per package for a three night stay based on double occupancy, an estimated savings of 20 percent from the regular rate. Reservations can be made by calling 877-250-8871.

Ideally located in the exclusive enclave of Punta Mita at the Riviera Nayarit, just north of Puerto Vallarta, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort offers guests modern sophistication, unparalleled luxury and bespoke service at one the best addresses in the world. Designed by Roy Azar of Roy Azar Architects, the hotel/resort features 120 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, St. Regis' legendary Butler Service, a signature Remède Spa, 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and state-of-the-art fitness facilities. www.stregis.com/puntamita or www.puntamitagourmetgolf.com